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a stack of gingerbread donuts with frosting

Baked Gingerbread Donuts

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Cooling Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Emily
Baked Gingerbread Donuts are topped with a cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles that will make any holiday morning even better!
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Gingerbread Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used freshly grated or you can use pre-made)
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • festive sprinkles


Gingerbread Donut Batter

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the donut pan with non-stick spray.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to a large mixing bowl and whisk to fully combine. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, add the molasses, vanilla, sour cream, milk, vegetable oil, and egg and whisk together.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Don't overmix or your donuts will be dense and tough. The batter may be a little lumpy and that's ok.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 14 minutes and then remove to cool on a rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk and whisk until fully combined and smooth.
  • Spread on top of each cooled donut, add some sprinkles and enjoy!


  • Baked donuts don't always end up with a traditional hole in the middle based on your pan, how the batter rises, etc. Don't worry, they still taste amazing and the only one who will really notice is you!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.7g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13.2g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg